Monday, February 17, 2020

What's Poppin': From trivia nights to oyster roasts we've got 30+ ways to pop into your week

Events for Feb. 17- 22

Posted by Shannon Murray on Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 12:58 PM

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It's the penultimate week of February 2020 and we're gearing up for busy spring season. Fuel up with these area tastings, pop-ups, and kitchen takeovers:


Happy President's Day, you non-presidents. Kids eat free at Tbonz in West Ashley for today only.

Don't miss the Atlanta based Slutty Vegan pop-up at Royal American from 5-9 p.m. Slutty Vegan owner Pinky Cole will be serving up burgers like the Big Dawg, made with Beyond meat bratwurst, sauerkraut, and slutty sauce on a vegan pretzel bun

In preparation for the Charleston County Public Library's Hogwarts After Dark event on Fri., kids are invited to come make pretzel and chocolate wands from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

When in doubt, get your brain trained for the week at Bohemian Bull's Trivia Night from 8-11 p.m.

Southeast Asian pop-up Gingerbug is at restaurant Tu starting at 5:30 p.m. — warm up with a bowl of their roasted duck leg soup.

Join chef Nico Romo for an in-depth look at the history of the oyster starting at 6 p.m. every Mon. at Nico Oysters + Seafood.


Kwei Fei hosts a Sichuan hot chicken pop-up with KinFolk starting at 5 p.m. They'll be offering a limited collaboration menu plus their full menu. No reservations, but you might want to arrive early.

Foxes Fried takes over the Dashi kitchen starting at 5 p.m.


Calling all Office fans. Ghost Monkey Brewery will be hosting an Office themed trivia night starting at 6:30 p.m.

Head to Zero Restaurant + Bar to experience fine dining like never before with Michelin two star chef Gabriel Kreuther from Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant in New York. Kreuther teams up with Zero chef Vinso Petrillo for two nights of culinary creativity as part of the 2020 Michelin on the Road series.

Its 2000s Trivia Night at Oak Road Brewery. From a bald Britney Spears to the iPod nano, we know you've got the knowledge.

Chocolate lovers can attend the Chocolate Festival at the Charleston County Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Note that this an 18+ event.

Eat and bowl at The Alley with $4 beyond burgers, an entirely meatless burger, and $4 pints.

Thats right, it's Friends Trivia Night at Mex 1 Park West starting at 7 p.m. 

How well do you really know 90s tunes? Test your knowledge at Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge starting at 8 p.m.


Edmund's Oast is hosting a Broc Cellars Wine Tasting night from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ladies, head to the Harbour Club for a three course meal and vino at their Women of Wine event.

Hop over to 39 Rue de Jean for a Wicked Weed Beer Dinner from 6-9:30 p.m.

Frothy Beard Brewing is hosting a regularly scheduled trivia night with a chance to win Stingray tickets.


Come to the season kick-off of South Carolina Aquarium After Hours. Snack on fresh oysters, chili, and chowder and sip on beer and wine. Tickets are $50.

Bok Choy Boy pops up at at Tradesman Brewing Co. with a new menu item: Korean BBQ Tacos.

Head over to Mpishi Restaurant on Daniel Island for a Dim Sum Night. You'll eat your meal dim sum.

Sarah's Dumps pops up at Cooper River Brewing starting at 5 p.m.

Blair Machado's Nomadic Supper Club series pops up at Second State Coffee this Fri. Feb. 21 starting at 6 p.m. The five-course food and drink pairings will be prepared by chef RJ Moody (Spero) and veteran bartender Jess Rehs (Jackrabbit Filly).


Don't miss out on the Mardi Gras Bar Crawl on King St. from 1-9 p.m.

Celebrate National Margarita Day at 3 Matadors Tequileria with $3 margs all day long.

Minero is also celebrating National Marg Day with $2 off all signature margaritas starting at 11:30 a.m.

Whats that? More margarita deals? Get $35 marg pitchers and $10 for two tacos at MESU.

Party down at the annual Home Team BBQ Rock the Block event with food, drink, music, and more in support of the fight against pediatric brain cancer.

Saturday Oyster roast happenings include the Annual Dill Sanctuary Roast, The Holy City Brewing Roast, The Roast Roast at Rusty Bull, The Charleston Charm Roast, and the Shelter Roast.

Bok Choy Boy is popping up at the Edmund's Oast Bower for a flavor-packed lunch starting at 11 a.m.

The second Brunch at Nite event takes place this Sat. starting at 8 p.m. at C&P Banquet Hall. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.


Graft wine shop hosts Vintage and Vino, a fun shopping experience with special guest, Dough Boy Pizza, plus plenty of vintage threads for sale.

Make the most of your Sunday Funday at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market at Charleston Pour House starting at 11 a.m.

Get roastin' at the Charleston Hour Glass Oyster Roast or the Annual Sierra Club Oyster Roast

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Monday, February 3, 2020

What's Poppin': 30+ ways to eat and drink you way around town — and back — this week

Don't stop, just pop

Posted by Shannon Murray on Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Happy February, Charleston. As we tip-toe into spring (early, says Punxsutawney), here's where to eat, drink, and be downright merry this week:


Join an exclusive ladies night at Hometown Pizzeria in Summerville for a Bachelor viewing party from 7:30-10 p.m.

It's margarita Monday at Oscar's of Summerville and you know what that means — $4 flavored margs.

What's Monday without trivia at Bohemian Bull? Pop in from 8-11 p.m. to test your skills and maybe even win a gift card.

Get 20 percent off your bar tab at Elliotborough Mini Bar on working class Mondays starting at 5 p.m. 

The Sparrow combines two great things — drinking and laughing — at their Drink 'til its Funny Stand-Up Comedy Night at 8:30 p.m.

Southeast Asian pop-up Gingerbug is at restaurant Tu starting at 5:30 p.m.


Enjoy a Bits-n-Bytes food truck takeover at Dashi from 5-9 p.m. — menu items include wings, fries, and burgers.

For only $22 get Christophe Artisan chocolate to pair with your craft beer at Low Tide Brewing starting at 7 p.m.

At 5 p.m. enjoy the weekly Burgers + Beer night at Parcel 32.

Hop into Fam's Brewing Co. for $5 one topping pizza and $5 margs every Tuesday.

Head to Accent on Wine to taste six wines from small estates starting at 6 p.m.


Check out the SAVI Cucina wine dinner ($75) with two seatings at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Charleston Public Library is hosting a Charlie Cart mobile kitchen classroom from 1-2 p.m.

2Nixons is at Proof every Wed., Fri., and Sun. starting at 6 p.m.

Professional Moms Network is hosting a luncheon dedicated to connecting and encouraging women from 10:30-12 p.m.


Nibble on charcuterie boards galore at Uncork with live music from Jeremiah King.

On the first Thursday of every month Halls Chophouse hosts a small business luncheon to discuss politics, business, and civic leadership. Tickets are $31.

Take advantage of pot-pie take-out night at Mpishi at 5 p.m.

Edmund's Oast Exchange hosts a natural California wine tasting starting at 5:30 p.m. $5 donations go to their community partner, Pet Helpers.


Johnny Poppers food truck will be serving up some real tasty burgers at Oak Road Brewery from 5-9 p.m.

Oyster roasts are back at Daniel Island Grille with $12 all you can eat (while supplies last) from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

MUSC Horseshoe is hosting Farmers Market Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with food from Semilla food truck.


See how many hot dogs you can shove in your face hole this Sat. at Edmund's Oast Exchange. Edmund's Oast chef Bob Cook grills out on the side patio — get AYCE dogs for just $5. There will also be $5 pours of house wine and draft beer.

Check out the Cork Shuckin' oyster roast festival happening at Deep Water Vineyard on Wadmalaw from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stroll around the Wizard themed pub-crawl with magical themed shots and drink specials happening from 3-10 p.m.

Who doesn't love bacon? Come to bacon and bourbon for samples of — you guessed it — bacon and bourbon.

A $15 Lowcountry boil at Charleston Sports Pub Summerville includes a beer truck, live music, and corn hole from 1-5 p.m.

Indigo Reef Brewing is set to serve up Sarah's Dumps (complete with a multitude of dipping sauces) from 12-5 p.m.


Uptown Social is hosting an Ultimate wing competition from 12-5 p.m. where the customers are judges.

The West Ashley Restaurant Festival at The Schoolhouse offers a variety of local cuisine samples for $20. 

It's Italian night at Doar Bros. Delight in some home-cooked comfort food from 5-11 p.m.

It's the 4th annual Cookies and Beer Day at Tradesman Brewing Co. from noon-5 p.m. Girl Scout Cookies never tasted so good.

The 6th Charleston Coffee Fest takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at new location, LO-Fi Brewing. Roasters will pour samples of their best coffees while local brunch spots provide the eats. Thee will be coffee competitions, demos, and kid friendly activities.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

What's Poppin': 50+ ways to eat and drink your way through the first week of October


Posted by Lilli Serral on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:04 AM

October is right around the corner and fall fun is in full swing. This week will be anything but boring with events and deals like free tacos, oyster roasts, and a grilled cheese eating contest. Here's what to pencil in:


Celebrate National Taco Day at Taco Boy. Each taco purchased gets you an entry to win free tacos for a whole year.

It's Mexican Monday at Charles Towne Fermentory with pop-up Ciaburri's starting at 5:30 p.m.

It's opening day for "vibrant food truck village" Meeting Street Eats. Today's lineup includes Roti Rolls, Life Raft Treats, Holy City Homemade Italian Ice, and Bits-N-Bytes.

Cure your case of the Mondays. Grab some friends and let Trattoria Lucca whip up a four course family-style dinner for everyone at only $36 a head.

Stop by Palmetto Brewing for live music and $3 pints if you're in the service industry.

Eat out for a cause at Five Loaves Cafe downtown. A portion of the evening's sales will benefit Charleston Miracle.

Get your wing fix at TBonz with 30 cent wings and $3 beer deals as they celebrate 30 years in Charleston.

Butcher & Bee hosts their Rosh Hashanah Dinner starting at 5:45 p.m. Ring in the year 5780 with a multi-course meal that includes favorites like challah and honey cake along with more modern takes on tradition.

Head to Nico for their Monday night oyster education class series starting at 6 p.m.

Join the Cocktail Bandits at Classic Bar on King for 'Da Happiest Hour' starting at 6 p.m. There will be bites from Deljuan Murphy and drink specials from the Bandits.

This is the last day to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Pink Cactus. The Spring St. restaurant is celebrating the holiday through the end of the month with two menu specials: the Chile en Nogada, a traditional dish of interior Mexico, and the Chile en Nogada cocktail, featuring mezcal mixed with a refreshing walnut milk, garnished with roasted poblano and pomegranate seeds.

Today is also the last day to explore the world of Sangiovese at Wild Common starting at 5 p.m. —  try a full range of Sangiovese expressions with a special wine list available, featuring by-the-glass pours as well as two flight options each with three half glass pours.

Southeast Asian pop-up Gingerbug will be at restaurant Tu with orange curry and fat rice noodles starting at 5:30 p.m.


Get down with Charleston Wine + Food's Bad + Boochie hands-on Kombucha class and dinner event starting at 5:30 p.m. in their test kitchen.

Enjoy a dinner at 5Church starting at 6:30 p.m. to benefit MUSC Children's Hospital where Miracle Children run the show.

Sip on Portugese vino at Wine & Company's Tuesday tasting starting at 5:30 p.m.

Head to Dashi for The Castejon Kitchen Takeover. They'll be serving up homemade Spanish favs like croquettes, empanadas, and flan.

Make it a tequila Tuesday at Woodward Tavern in Mt. Pleasant where you can get $9 pequeno margaritas, $18 mucho grande margaritas, and a build-your-own taco bar for 10 bucks.

Sip on Willamette Valley wine from 6-8 p.m. at Accent on Wine in Summerville.

This Tues. Josephine Wine Bar donates 10 percent of the proceeds from East Cooper Community Outreach's signature cocktail, the Communitini and bottles sales starting at 4:30 p.m.

Have yourself a Brewsday Tuesday at Parcel 32. From 5-10 p.m. you can get a smash burger and a draft beer of your choice for $10.


Treat yourself to a traditional Indian meal at Butcher & Bee, where New York-based chef Chintan Pandya will be cooking up some delicious dishes from 5-10 p.m.

Take advantage of the last West Ashley Farmers Market of the season and stock up on some local fruits and veggies.

It's National Kale Day, so be sure to celebrate with a $5 kale-caesar salad from Verde. Kale Yeah.

Get over the hump with 2Nixons at Proof starting at 6 p.m. every Wed., Fri., and Sun.

Locals in Park Circle has 1/2 off sushi and hot sake every Wednesday from 4-11 p.m.

Stroll through the gardens at Middleton Place and sip on wine paired with light snacks starting at 5:30 p.m.

Edmund's Oast Exchange hosts weekly blind wine tastings every Wed. starting at 5 p.m.


This is what you've been waiting for: the Pitt Street Pharmacy Grilled Cheese Food Challenge. Watch professional eater Randy Santel try and break the store's record of eating 27 grilled cheeses (and maybe order one for yourself).

It's October third. Celebrate National Mean Girls Day at Republic with half-off VIP prices and free sparkling rose.

Grab a bite at Workshop and a beer from Edmund's Oast Brewing before listening to some local tunes at King Street Green every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Learn how to cook a quick and easy pasta dish for free in the Charlie Cart Mobile Kitchen.

Hop on the Brew Bus from 4-7p.m. and take a pub tour through downtown Charleston for $55.

Gingerbug pops up at Big Gun Burger every Thurs. starting at 4:30 p.m.


Leave work early and head to the Visitor's Center, where you'll be whisked away on a Tipsy Tour in style to Deep Water Vineyard, Firefly Distillery, and Low Tide Brewing from 2-6 p.m.

For $15 you can indulge in an oyster roast at Rudi's Old Village Wine Shop in Mt. Pleasant.

Mex 1 is celebrating National Taco Day by bringing back old favorites like Nashville Hot Chicken, Seared Tuna, and Buffalo Shrimp tacos.

Bok Choy Boy will be serving up some asian deliciousness at Freehouse Brewery from 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy a Downton Abbey-themed high tea at the Time Well Spent Tea Room in Summerville on Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Take a quick road trip to Beaufort for their 25th annual Shrimp Festival Fri. and Sat.


It's Lewis Barbecue's third annual chile roast from 1-4 p.m. The party features fresh, roasted chiles for sale; a tasting tent with some of Charleston’s best chefs; live music from Solid Gold Country; and more.

It's the annual fall festival at Knightsville General Store in Summerville starting at 11 a.m. In addition to a petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides, and games there will be food trucks, face painting, and live music.

Bay Street Biergarten throws an all-day Oktoberfest party starting at 11 a.m. with beer specials, kielbasa and brats, a stein hoisting competition, and more.
Stroll the grounds of Drayton Hall from 2-4 p.m with vino in hand.

Goose Creek's 2019 Fall Festival takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the municipal center. This annual event features local entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibitors, food vendors, and kid's activities.

Deep Water Vineyards hosts a Weekend Wine-Down from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with Semilla food truck and jams from Southbound 17.


Herd Provisions hosts a Neighborhood Shindig from 1-6 p.m. Enjoy a variety of tasty bites and unique craft cocktails (with fixed prices) and enjoy live music on the new patio or at the large bar.

Pearlz hosts their first oyster roast of the season at the West Ashley location from 1-4 p.m.

Mainland Container Co. hosts an Oktoberfest party from 1-6 p.m. with food and drink specials and live music from Hans Schmidt's German Band.

Every other Sunday, Doar Bros. hosts an Italian night starting at 5 p.m.

Head to Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. starting at 11 a.m. for Hallie Hill's Barktoberfest Pup Crawl. One-dollar of every beer sold goes to the shelter.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Food trucks and more at Seanachai

Roti Rolls and the Foodie Trucks swing by the Johns Island tavern

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Gerry Kieran at the Seanachai Social Club
The Seanachai Social Club on Johns Island (3157 Maybank Hwy.) may officially be a private club with an annual membership fee, but owner Gerry Kieran regularly offers opportunities for the general public to visit the Irish-style pub for exotic cocktails, top-shelf whiskeys, and fine ales and lagers.

Situated in an impressively renovated gun and tackle shop in a small plaza along Maybank across from the Fat Hen, the Irish-style pub is a dimly lit tavern with a U-shaped bar and several cozy seating areas with handmade wooden tables and chairs. Kieran, a native of northeastern Ireland, has worked at Muse and Charleston Grill. He tends bar nightly, serving an array of fine whiskeys, gins, wines, exotic cocktails, and microbrewed and imported ales and lagers dispensed from custom-made tap handles.

The name (pronounced “shon-a-key”) refers to a traditional Irish storyteller. There are no TVs in the pub. Instead, the bar offers a small library of books, ornate chess boards, and weekly live acoustic music as entertainment. Non-members are welcome on music nights. Celtic-themed acoustic sessions take place every other Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Local folk, bluegrass, and jazz groups perform at 7 p.m. on Fridays and occasional Saturdays.

Food trucks like Roti Rolls (rotis, tacos, sides, drinks, desserts) and the Foodie Truck (chips, dips, soups, sandwiches, slushies) set up in the parking lot on the weekends during the performances.

Visit for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann

The Seanachai Social Club on Johns Island

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Proof brings pickled eggs and fancy cocktails to King

Proof Scoop

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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Earlier this week, we stopped in to Proof, King Street's newest watering hole. Located in a former to-go pita place at 437 King, it's a joint venture between the owners of the TBonz Restaurant Group and Craig Nelson, who worked at the West Ashley Pearlz for four years.

Though it's been touted as a cocktail bar, it offers a little something for every palate, from $1.75 PBRs to artisanal cocktails to tasty bar snacks. With its dark burgundy walls and long community tables, the place feels a little like Raval (R.I.P.), which is no surprise — Nelson worked there years ago, and he says he wanted to bring elements of various places he's worked to Proof.

To sip, there are the aforementioned cheap cans of beer (for the late night F&B crowd) as well as more "real good beers," each with its own helpful description on the menu. The Grand Teton Bitch Creek "has more medals than Michael Phelps" and the Avery Out of Bounds is "practically Maalox." As for the cocktails, we enjoyed Le Gin et Le Juice, a blend of Tanqueray, Ricard, Peychaud's Bitters, and grapefruit juice ($8) as well as le Club Fez Aperitif: Lillet Blanc with blood orange bitters ($7.50). That one's a nod to Fez, another of Nelson's former ventures.

The regularly-changing menu is scrawled onto a chalkboard over the bar, and it's full of great bar food that's been kicked up a notch. Wild Olive chef Jacques Larson helped put together the menu, which includes a few skewered foods like big fat meatballs in savory marinara sauce (2 for $5) and sugary sweet fried doughnut bites ($5). There's also currently a nice trio of dips served in cute little mason jars, including a boiled peanut hummus, decadent duck rillettes, and some tasty pimento cheese — Nelson's wife's own recipe. You'll also find jars of pickled eggs on the bar — a nice touch from Larson — and for $1.50, you might as well try one. They're served with a dollop of mustard and a pepper shaker, and they taste a little like salt and vinegar chips.

Nelson says business has been good so far — they've had a line out the door the last few weekends. Stop by to see what they're all about.

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